I have been experiencing significant trouble walking this week. If I try to bring my left foot ahead of my right, I get a zapping pain in my L5-S1 area (where I have a ruptured disc with spinal stenosis). Even using a cane, I get these zaps. I fell at work four times on Monday before I figured out that I needed to change my gait. I am also getting numbness in my left thigh.
I am not asking what people think is causing it, but I am wondering if you would ask for a referral to an orthopedist or maybe a neurologist if you were experiencing this. I had a neurologist who did three sets of facet injections on me before I moved back to the U.S. from Canada but I've been relying on my excellent family doctor since early 2012.
Would you be asking for a referral, or would you try to wait it out? I don't have a lot of experience with specialists, so I'm not sure which route would be best.
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I *heart* my TENS unit.